Every generation realizes a new and compelling explanation for the easily explicable. For our parents, it was the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a bright, young, ailing superstar president caught between two worlds. For us, the tragedy of September 11th and the struggle with the notion that perhaps the simplest explanation wasn’t the most plausible.
As the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, the lazy get apathetic, and the craziest get creative.
You’re all no doubt aware that the quest for a market–the exploitation of the stupid–is the Holy Grail of the Western world. It’s not enough to trick the easily manipulated into buying things they don’t need. The real money is in manipulating the weak-minded into believing something that simply doesn’t exist.
Not twenty-four hours after President Barack Obama revealed his long-form birth certificate, we were subjected to the notion that he has no education records to prove his scholastic journey to Harvard. And not one week following that, we were surprised late at night (East Coast time) that Osama bin Laden had been killed.
We’re not faced with the “Deathers.” Yet another ploy to downplay any major or minor achievement made by the current president. The Deathers claim that either bin Laden died years ago, or that he was never killed.
Let’s face facts now. No matter what irrational or unprovable theory you choose to believe–whether it be the Media or a paranoid schizophrenic living in a shack lined with newspaper clippings–closure is unattainable.
Because when the people of this country are finally able to let their heartbreaking past rest in peace, they’ll no longer have anything to fear.